Scenes That I Love: “And It’s a Beautiful Day” in Fargo

As I sit here typing this at nearly 2 in the morning, this is what our front yard currently looks like:

SnowNow, admittedly, this is nothing compared to what fellow TSL writers Pantsukudasai56 and Leon The Duke are having to deal with up in Massachusetts.  However, Erin and I live in Texas, where we consider 90 to be a cold front.  So, to us, that is a lot of snow!

(Add to that, it’s still coming down…)

As I watched the flakes fall and I realized that our cat’s outside water bowl had now disappeared under a mountain of snow, I couldn’t help but think of one of the best (and most snow-filled) films ever made, 1996’s Fargo.  Fargo is a film about many things: greed, love, home, fate, guilt, and innocence.  It’s also a film that’s full of snow.

And tonight’s Scene That I Love comes from Fargo.  When people talk about Fargo, they always seem to mention the woodchipper scene, the accents, and maybe the scene where William H. Macy flees the interview.  However, for me, the film’s best scene comes towards the end.  As Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) drives Gaer Grismund (Peter Stomare) to jail, she reflects on everything that’s happened.

Even though I’ve seen Fargo several times, this scene still always gets to me.  First off, there’s always a part of me that’s scared that Grismund is somehow going to attack Marge from the backseat.  But, beyond that, this is the scene where Marge reminds us that, for all the bad in the world, there’s still good as well.

And, of course, there’s all that snow…

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